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Social isolation and health in widowhood: A qualitative study of Nepali widows' experiences

TitleSocial isolation and health in widowhood: A qualitative study of Nepali widows' experiences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHouston, KT, Shrestha, A, Kafle, HM, Singh, S, Mullany, L, Thapa, L, Surkan, PJ
JournalHealth Care Women Int
Volume37
Pagination1277-1288
Date PublishedJan 19
ISBN Number1096-4665 (Electronic)0739-9332 (Linking)
Accession Number26785942
Abstract

Little research exists on social isolation and health among widows despite their marginalization in South Asia. Using a conceptual framework that delineates distinct forms of social support, our results provide a preliminary analysis of the role social support plays in the well-being of Nepali widows. Between 2011 and 2012, we conducted 42 in-depth interviews in the Kathmandu valley and Surkhet district. Low social support was a common theme, principally lacking in the domains of emotional and instrumental support and was described as increasing women's vulnerability to mistreatment and economic insecurity. Policies and programs that foster these types of support may have positive effects on widows' well-being.